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Schneider Electric celebrates its 21st iso50001 accreditation

06 March 2014

Energy management specialist, Schneider Electric has announced it has achieved ISO 50001 accredited certification for 21 of its UK sites.

The company says that since it began to get its larger operations ISO 50001 accredited, it has achieved a 16.5% reduction in energy consumption over three years. All the improvements have been implemented using Schneider Electric’s own products.

The ISO 50001 accredited certification is a new globally recognised standard of excellence awarded to businesses that implement effective energy management systems (EnMS). To be awarded an ISO 50001 accreditation, organisations must develop an appropriate energy policy, identify areas of significant energy use and then implement targets and programmes to reduce energy use. It also requires businesses to utilise data to better understand consumption and continually look for opportunities to make positive changes.
 
Schneider Electric achieved ISO 50001 accredited certification for 15 of its sites in December 2012, and recently achieved a further six certifications to take the number of accredited sites up to 21.

Each accredited site underwent an energy audit to identify areas for improvements and was then given site specific projects to reduce energy usage at the facility. Where necessary, key equipment was upgraded such as the use of intelligent lighting controls, improved building management systems and installing high efficiency compressors and boilers. To ensure there will be a continuous improvement in energy management, each site has also implemented an approved EnMS, which outlines procedures and processes.
 
Recognising the part that people play in energy efficiency, Schneider Electric has encouraged staff to ‘think green’ through energy days, competitions and ongoing updates as well as appointing ‘energy champions’ at each of its sites to measure consumption, raise awareness and implement improvement projects. 
 
One of Schneider Electric’s recently certified sites was Ashby. Through improved employee awareness of energy use – achieved through an energy day and effective internal communications – as well as a review of the settings on the building management system, energy savings of 9% were achieved in 2013 versus 2012.
 
Mark Jones, sustainability manager at Schneider Electric said: “Energy management solutions are what we do, so for us it was essential that we were able to manage our own operations as efficiently as possible. We believe wholeheartedly in the quality of our products and services, and achieving accreditation across 21 sites in two years is certainly testament to what is possible with effective systems in place. 
 
“The continuous improvement we do through our own EnMS will undoubtedly feed into new innovations for our own customers and help us to build an even greater understanding of how people interact with our products and solutions. It’s a very exciting time for Schneider Electric’s energy management solutions team.”


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